Law and Order

Ridding the Internet of Your Mortifying Mugshot May Be Just a Lawsuit Away

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Remember that time, back in college, when you were arrested for drunkenly refusing to leave a party at the behest of a grizzly police officer? That incident could haunt you for the rest of your life, and not just as a black smear on your permanent record: If your mugshot shows up on any of the numerous websites that publish them, your online rep could be infinitely sullied. Paging Nick Nolte. Read More

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Anonymous Associate Barrett Brown Indicted on Federal Charges

Barrett Brown (video still)

Writer and journalist Barrett Brown has been charged by the U.S. attorney with conspiracy to reveal private information about a government employee, Internet threats and retaliation against a federal investigator.

Mr. Brown, who has sometimes been referred to as a spokesman for Anonymous, was arrested on September 12 at his Dallas-area home after he posted a series of bizarre and rambling videos on YouTube titled, “Why I’m Going to Destroy FBI Agent Robert Smith.”

In one of the videos Mr. Brown, whose mood appeared to change from relaxed to enraged from one moment to the next, made direct threats against Agent Smith and implied he would investigate the agent’s children.

Brown was taken in by Dallas Pd & turned over to the Feds the next day.

Back in mid-September The Daily Dot published the full video of the TinyChat session during which Barrett Brown was arrested by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, as well as a link to the Pastebin transcript of the event. He was picked up by the FBI the next day: Read More